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Edgefest Jazz and Creative Music festival is October 21-24, 2015 in Ann Arbor, MI. www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/...edgefest
UPCOMING CONCERTS – some of the big ones. To see a lot more, click → Combined Venues List of Concerts in Metro Detroit and Michigan (dates, performers subject to change without notice)Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity – October 15, 2015 at Orbit Room.
Willie Nelson with Merle Haggard – October 20, 2015 at Fox Theatre, Detroit.
Paul McCartney – October 21, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena.
Three Dog Night – October 23, 2015 at Andiamo Showroom.
Meat Loaf – November 3, 2015 at Sound Board.
Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson) – November 3, 2015 at Fox Theatre, Detroit.
The Weeknd – November 7, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Stevie Wonder – November 21, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena.
Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz – November 21, 2015 at The Fillmore Detroit.
KEM wsg Tamar Braxton – November 27, 2015 at Fox Theatre, Detroit.
Ciara – December 10, 2015 at Saint Andrews Hall.
Kenny G – December 16, 2015 at Sound Board.
Janet Jackson – February 5, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Black Sabbath featuring Ozzy Osbourne – February 19, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Endfarewell tour.
Blake Shelton – February 20, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Iron Maiden – April 5, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Selena Gomez – June 24, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
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2015 2016 list of Music Events
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Anti-Freeze Blues Festival – at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, MI (1 mile north of Detroit). www.themagicbag.com
January 21-23, 2016 (thu-sat) Annual Michigan Music Conference (MMC) – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). www.michiganmusicconference.org
TBA 2016 Ferndale Blues & Music Festival – in Ferndale, MI (just north of Detroit). www.ferndalebluesfestival.org
January 29-30, 2016 (fri-sat) Ann Arbor Folk Festival – at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI. theark.org
February 3-7, 2016 (tue-sun) Annual Sphinx Competition and Finals Concert – in Detroit. www.sphinxmusic.org/
TBA 2016 (sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Winter – in Traverse City, MI (Northwest Michigan). microbrewandmusic.com
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Cooper's Glen: Great Lakes Acoustic Music Festival – in Kalamazoo, MI (West Michigan) at The Radisson Hotel.
TBA 2016 Dilla Day Detroit (Jay Dee Tribute) – in Detroit. annual event, info on facebook
March 5, 2016 (sat) William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition - Strings – in Flint, MI. www.byrdartists.com – “Young artists from throughout the world compete for a grand prize of $6,000 plus an opportunity to perform with the Flint Symphony Orchestra. each year features a different category.”
TBA 2016 (thu-sun) Hamtramck Music Festival in Hamtramck, MI (inside Detroit). hamtramckmusicfestival.com + facebook
TBA 2016 (wed-sat) Berserker music fest at The Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. berserkerdetroit.com + facebook
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) WO-Stock Music Festival – in Holland, MI (Western Michigan). wostock.com + facebook + facebook 2
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Tilted Axes: Detroit –
TBA 2016 (sat) Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival – in Ann Arbor, MI. www.monroestreetfair.com + facebook
TBA 2016 (fri) Detroit Music Awards – DMA Ceremony & Show at The Fillmore Detroit in Downtown Detroit.
TBA 2016 (sat) Jake's Music Festival – annual benefit concert in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). www.jakesmusicfestival.com
April 16, 2016 (sat) Record Store Day 2016 – www.recordstoreday.com
TBA 2016 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Lansing, MI
TBA 2016 Review Music Awards Ceremony & Celebration – in Bay City (East/Mid Michigan). www.newreviewsite.com + facebook
TBA 2016 (thu-sat) North American International Banjo Convention NAIBC – at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, MI. www.naibc.org
April 29 – May 14, 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival – in west Michigan. www.gilmorekeyboardfestival.org
TBA 2016 (sat) Foxfest – at the The Tangent Gallery in Detroit. Music and Art Festival that features rock and acoustic women musicians and benefits local women's shelters. It is open to both women and men to attend and perform. info on: facebook
TBA 2016 (sat-mon) Movement - Electronic Music Festival – in Downtown Detroit at Hart Plaza. movement.us + facebook
June 5-6, 2015 (fri-sat) WYCD Downtown Hoedown Country Music Fest – at West Riverfront Park in Detroit, a new location this year.
June 11-13, 2015 (thu-sat) Fuzz Fest – at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.
June 11-14, 2015 (thu-sun) Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival – in Frankenmuth, MI (Mid Michigan). bavarianfestival.org
June 12-14, 2015 (fri-sun) Noreast'r Music & Art Festival – in Mio, MI (southeast of Gaylord). noreastr.net + facebook
June 12-14, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at Flat Rock Summer Blast – at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit). flatrockriverfest.com
June 13-28, 2015 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival – two weeks of concerts in Metro Detroit. www.greatlakeschambermusic.com
June 19-21, 2015 (fri-sun) Motor City Irish Fest (MCIF) – in Redford Township, MI (just west of Detroit).
June 19-21, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at Belleville National Strawberry Festival – in Belleville, MI (west of Detroit).
June 20, 2015 (sat) Alpena Blues Festival – in Alpena, MI (northeast lower peninsula). websites: www.alpenablues.com + facebook
June 20, 2015 (sat) Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival – in Brethren, MI (northwest lower peninsula). www.spiritofthewoods.org/festival.html
June 25-28, 2015 (thu-sun) Electric Forest Festival – in Rothbury, MI, at the Double JJ Ranch (western Michigan).
June 25-28, 2015 (fri-sun) Stars and Stripes Festival – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI. websites: www.starsandstripesfest.com + facebook
June 25-28, 2015 (thu-sun) St. Stan's A.C. Polish Festival – in Bay City, MI (East/Mid Michigan). information: facebook.
June 26-27, 2015 (fri-sat) JuneGrass Bluegrass Music Festival – in Lowell, MI (West Michigan). information: www.wmbma.org
July 3-4, 2015 (fri-sat) Muskegon Rockstock – at Heritage Landing in Muskegon, MI (western Michigan).
July 4 + 9-12, 2015 Concert of Colors – Annual Diversity Festival in Detroit. www.concertofcolors.com + arabamericanmuseum.org
July 7-12, 2015 (tue-sun) Common Ground Music Festival – in Lansing, MI. website: www.commongroundfest.com
July 8-11, 2015 (wed-sat) Music at River Raisin Festival – in Blissfield, MI. website: www.blissfield.net annual, 31st in 2014.
July 9-12, 2015 (thu-sun) Uncle Sam Jam – in Woodhaven, MI (Downriver, south of Detroit). websites: unclesamjamfest.com + facebook
July 9-11, 2015 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Blues Festival (KBF) – in Kalamazoo (West Michigan). information: www.kvba.org/?page_id=206 + facebook
July 10-11, 2015 (fri-sat) Michigan Elvisfest – in Ypsilanti, MI.
July 10-12, 2015 (fri-sun) American Polish Festival & Craft Show – in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). www.americanpolishfestival.com
July 10-12, 2015 (fri-sun) Blissfest - 35th Annual – in Harbor Springs, MI (northwest tip of lower peninsula). details at: www.blissfest.org
July 11, 2015 (sat) Backpack Music Festival – on Belle Isle, Detroit.
July 11, 2015 (sat) Reign CD Release Party of
July 16-18, 2015 (thu-sat) Beaver Island Music Festival (BIMF) – on Beaver Island, near Charlevoix. website: www.beaverislandmusicfestival.com
July 17-18, 2015 (fri-sat) Crash Detroit - Festival of Street Bands and Art – at various locations in Detroit. Music and art festival features lots of brass bands, marching bands and street art. website: crashdetroit.org
July 17-19, 2015 (fri-sun) Faster Horses Festival – at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.
July 17-19, 2015 (fri-sun) Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival – in Marquette, MI (U.P.). website: www.hiawathamusic.org
July 18-19, 2015 (sat-sun) Music Fest 4 Vets! 2015 at VFW Post 9885 in Westland, MI (west of Detroit). michiganvetfest.com facebook
July 19, 2015 (sun) Michigan Jazz Festival – in Livonia at Schoolcraft College (west of Detroit).
July 20-25, 2015 (thu-sat) Marshall Bluegrass Festival – 15th Annual – in Marshall, MI, at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds.
July 23-25, 2015 (thu-sat) Sterlingfest Art and Music Fair – in Sterling Heights, MI (just north of Detroit).
July 24-25, 2015 (fri-sat) Heatstock Blues Festival – in Fostoria, MI. about 14 blues artists/bands, information and tickets at: www.nocover.net
July 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun) Traverse City Music Festival – in Traverse City, MI. information at: traversecitymusicfestival.com + facebook
July 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun) Dunesville Music Festival – in Lake Ann, MI (northwest Michigan). websites: dunesvillemusicfestival.com + facebook
July 24-26, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at St. Clair Riverfest – in St. Clair, MI (northeast of Detroit). website: stclairriverfest.com
July 25-26, 2015 (sat-sun) Mo Pop Festival – at West Riverfront Park in Detroit. websites: mopopfestivaldetroit.com + facebook
TBA Crispy Music Fest – in Saginaw, MI. facebook
TBA The Hustle Load Music Festival – in Flint, MI. facebook
July 30 – August 2, 2015 (thu-sun) Woodtick Music Festival – in the U.P.
July 31, 2015 (fri) Detroit Jazz Festival National Guitar Competition Finals at Cliff Bell's Jazz Club in Detroit. $10 cover. Grand-prize winner receives $2,000 and a slot to perform with the Detroit Jazz Festival All-Stars at this year’s Labor Day weekend Festival. www.cliffbells.com
July 31 – August 1, 2015 (fri-sat) The East Ports Blues Festival – in Port Sanilac, MI. information: portsanilac.net/...blues-festival + facebook
August 1-2, 2015 (sat-sun) Jazz on the River – at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI. south of Detroit. Annual free admission event.
August 6-9, 2015 (thu-sun) Farmfest – in Johannesburg (northern lower peninsula). www.farm-fest.com
August 6-9, 2015 (thu-sun) River Raisin Jazz Festival – in Monroe (lower Southeast MI). facebook + www.monroeinfo.com
August 7-8, 2015 (fri-sat) CowPie Music Festival – in Caledonia, MI. southeast of Grand Rapids. www.cowpiemusicfestival.com + facebook
August 7-9, 2015 (fri-sun) Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF) – in East Lansing, MI. www.greatlakesfolkfest.net
August 7-9, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at Milford Memories Summer Festival – in Milford, MI (northwest of Detroit). www.milfordmemories.com
August 8, 2015 (sat) Memphis Blues Festival Michigan – in Memphis, MI (northeast of Detroit, a little southwest of Port Huron). Annual, Free Admission, approximately 12 blues performers. info on facebook
August 13-15 & August 20-22, 2015 (thu-sat) Frankenmuth Summer Music Fest – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).
August 14-23, 2015 Cheeseburger in Caseville – (Caseville is in Michigan's thumb). www.cheeseburgerincasevillefest.com + www.casevillechamber.net/ + facebook
August 14-16, 2015 (fri-sun) Grand Marais Music and Arts Festival – in the U.P. (upper peninsula). grandmaraismichigan.com + facebook
August 14-16, 2015 (fri-sun) Hoxeyville Music Festival – in Wellston, MI.
August 15, 2015 (sat) Music at the Woodward Dream Cruise – bands, performers, djs, will be doing music at various stages and venues throughout the cruise route. www.woodwarddreamcruise.com
August 16, 2015 (sun) Audra Kubat – at Detroit Institute of Arts. www.audrakubatmusic.com
August 21-22, 2015 (fri-sat) Microbrew & Music Festival - Summer – in Traverse City, MI (northwest Michigan). microbrewandmusic.com
August 21-23, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at Ypsilanti Heritage Festival – at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, MI (west of Detroit).
August 22, 2015 (sat) Great Lakes Gathering - Irish Festival – at First Merit Bank Event Park in Saginaw, MI, across the street from the Dow Event Center. www.greatlakesgathering.com
August 22, 2015 Roots Music on Harsens Island – in east Michigan. Bands, barbecue, fish fry, art, crafts and organic goods. Traveling to Harsens Island also requires a paid ferry ride. info on facebook
August 22-23, 2015 (sat-sun) Music at Hazel Park Art Fair – in Hazel Park, MI. www.hazelparkartfair.com 18 music artists, plus visual art/artisans. Free admission.
August 26, 2015 (wed) Julianne Ankley
August 27-30, 2015 (thu-sun) Midland Folk Music Festival – in Midland, MI (Mid Michigan). www.folkmusicsociety.org/p/folk-festival.html
August 27-29, 2015 (thu-sat) Kalamazoo Island Festival – at Growlers Baseball Field, Mayor Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo (West MI).
August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Blues By The Bay – in East Tawas, MI (East Michigan). bluesbythebaytawas.org
August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Porcupine Mountains Music Festival – in the U.P. (upper peninsula). www.porkiesfestival.org + facebook
August 28-30, 2015 (fri-sun) Sun Dried Music Festival – in Mason, MI (near Lansing). www.masondda.com/Sun-Dried.html + facebook
September 4-6, 2015 (fri-sun) Marquette Area Blues Fest – in Marquette, MI (U.P., upper peninsula). marquetteareabluessociety.org/
September 4-7, 2015 (fri-mon) Arts, Beats & Eats Festival (Ford Arts, Beats & Eats) – in Royal Oak, MI (just north of Detroit).
September 4-7, 2015 (fri-mon) Detroit Jazz Festival - 35th Annual – at Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit Riverfront. www.detroitjazzfest.com
September 5, 2015 (sat) Thumbfest – in Lexington (in Michigan's Thumb).
September 11, 2015 (fri) Rockin' For A Match – at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). $5 donation at door. Bone marrow drive and awareness, and helps to get bone marrow registration kits.
September 11-12, 2015 (fri-sat) Brighton's Smokin' Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival – in Brighton, MI (northwest of Detroit).
September 11-13, 2015 (fri-sun) Wheatland Music Festival – in Remus, MI (Mid Michigan). www.wheatlandmusic.org
September 12, 2015 (sat) Music at Dally in the Alley – in Detroit.
September 12-13, 2015 (sat-sun) Chill On The Hill - Rock Fest – at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI. freedomhill.net
September 17-20, 2015 (fri-sun) Michigan Irish Music Festival – in Muskegon (West Michigan). www.michiganirish.org + facebook
September 18-19, 2015 (fri-sat) Old Town BluesFest – in Lansing. Annual Free blues festival with national, regional, and local acts. info on facebook
September 18-19, 2015 (fri-sat) FallFest Camp & Jam (Bluegrass) – in Lowell, MI (west Michigan). info on www.wmbma.org
September 18-20, 2015 (fri-sun) Music at Flat Rock Riverfest – at Huroc Park in Flat Rock, MI (south of Detroit).
September 19, 2015 (sat) Detroit Rockin' Hot Fest Concert for Veterans at Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens, MI. www.detroitrockinhotfest.com
September 19, 2015 (sat) Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks
September 25-26, 2015 (fri-sat) Music at Oktoberfest West Michigan – in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). www.oktoberfestwestmichigan.com
October 3, 2015 (sat) 30th Michigan State Championship Old-Time Fiddlers Contest – in New Boston, MI (southwest of Detroit).
October 15-18, 2015 (thu-sun) Mackinac Island Songwriterʼs Workshop on Mackinac Island, MI. www.mackinacislandsongwritersworkshop.org
October 16-17, 2015 (fri-sat) Big Country Fest – in Frankenmuth, MI.
October 21-24, 2015 (wed-sat) Edgefest 19th Annual – in Ann Arbor, MI.
October 24, 2015 (sat) Annual WHFR Record Show – at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, MI. www.whfr.fm/recordshow
November 5-8 & 12-15, 2015 Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters – in Harbor Springs (northwest tip of lower peninsula). Annual event.
TBA 2015 (sat) Echo Fest – at the Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI. Experimental and psychedelic music, visuals, 12 local and regional bands, two stages. info on facebook
TBA 2015 (sat-sun) Fall Metal Fest – at Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield, MI (northeast of Detroit). Annual, approx 20 bands, ages 18+. www.dieselconcertlounge.net
TBA 2015 (fri) Jingle Ballz 7 – at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI. Citizen Zero, Dead In 5, Mr. Demented, plus all the usual debauchery and familiar faces. Hosted by Howie D and Rachel May of Hard Edge Radio. info: www.thecrofoot.com/events
December 5, 2015 (sat) 43rd Annual Noel Night in Midtown Detroit
December 6, 2015 (sun) Rock 4 Tots - No Child Without A Christmas at Rayz in Clinton Township, MI. 8th Annual in 2015.
TBA 2015 (sun) The Boa Constrictors Toys for Tots Fundraiser – at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills, MI. Annual event, performances by The Boa Constrictors and other Detroit Blues Acts. info when available: theboaconstrictors.com
TBA 2015 (sun) Rock 4 Tots West at the All Around Bar in Taylor, MI. 1st Annual in 2014. websites: www.rock4tots.org + facebook
December 25, 2015 (friday) Christmas
TBA 2015 Motor City Movement – Dance Choreographers Showcase – at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI. information when available: www.thecrofoot.com/events
CONCERT SERIES AND MUSIC SERIES throughout Michigan
Rockin' on the Riverfront Summer Concerts – Detroit, MI – Annual, Free Admission classic rock concerts at the GM Riverfront Plaza (back of GM Renaissance Center) in Downtown Detroit, a collaboration with WCSX.
Sonic Lunch - Ann Arbor, MI – annual. Bank of Ann Arbor's Sonic Lunch is a Free outdoor summer concert series at Liberty Plaza on Thursdays at lunch time from June to August.
New Center Park Concerts and Music Nights – Detroit, MI – annual. June to September. Some events are free, some charge admission.
Chene Park Jazz Series – Detroit, MI – June 11 to August 13, 2014. Rain or shine, all patrons require a ticket.
Friday Night Concert Series – Northville, MI – All Concerts are Free. annual, end of May to end of August.
White Crow Conservatory of Music Concert Series - Saginaw, MI – It also has workshops, festivals and special events throughout the year.
Manitou Music Festival (MMF) Concert Series - Leelanau County – Annual in July and August, in the Northwest Lower Peninsula. various types of music.
Ten Pound Fiddle Concert and Dance Series – Lansing, MI – contra and square dances, all are taught, callers call out the moves to a live band.
Bach Festival of Kalamazoo Concert Series – in Kalamazoo (Southwest MI). Annual, in or near April.
MAMA's Coffee House Concert Series – Bloomfield Hills, MI – Winter/Spring and Fall series. It's a nonprofit organization and a production of Michigan Acoustic Musicians Alliance (MAMA) and Birmingham Unitarian Church.
Music in the Park Summer Concert Series - Mackinac Island, MI – annual. June to August. Concerts are free, presented by the Mackinac Arts Council.
Find More Music Events in Michigan
Detroit Blues Society Youth Challenge – annual, bands/musicians must be under 21 in age. Winning act moves on to represent Detroit at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN. details
Michigan Festival Schedule – continually updated list with event links, dates.
Metro Times – List of Music Events – in metro Detroit. performers, events at bars and venues. searchable.
Playing Here – Michigan – local music calendar arranged by city & venue on playinghere.com
Flint Area and Genesee County Music Events – list includes dates, descriptions, event links.
Detroit Area Blues Events – throughout the year. one continually updated page of event dates, location, artists, and contact info listed by the Detroit Blues Society (DBS). also see DBS Official Events.
U.P.Bands.com – their list of festivals includes all of the upper peninsula and northern Wisconson.
Fusicology Detroit Events – underground, house, freestyle, soul ...
Frankenmuth Festivals – in Frankenmuth (Mid-MI).
Cranbrook Music Guild – in Bloomfield Hills, MI. classical/chamber music events.
JAM NIGHTS and OPEN MIC
Jazz Events and Jams in Mid Michigan – listed by the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan (JAMM).
Open Jam Nights Facebook Page – Metro Detroit and Michigan – “Local Places where Musicians and anyone can go to and Listen or Participate in and Show their Talent or just wanna cut loose and meet new friends who love to do the same.”
Open Mic Nights – Michigan – listed on openmikes.org
Acoustic Jam Night at Coopersville Farm Museum and Event Center – First and Third Tuesday of every month, year round, for beginner and experienced alike. It has become a community gathering with upwards of 35 Michigan musicians playing at any given time, a mix of old gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk music. Cost is $4 each (kids 12 & under are free).
Submissions for Music Events in Michigan
Except for specific submission pages below, if you want to perform at events listed on this page, visit event websites for application/submission pages or to contact them directly to get details on who books their entertainment.
Music Fest 4 Vets Band Submissions – mainstream variety music. Bands donate a 45 minute showcase performance to support U.S. Veterans in need. No submission fee, annual summer event in Metro Detroit.
Arts, Beats & Eats – submissions start in February. annually has over 200 music performances on ten stages.
Stars & Stripes Festival, Uncle Sam Jam, St. Clair Riverfest, Harley Fest, Rocking on the Riverfront Concert Series, Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Opening Act slots at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. click → Band Submission Page at FunFest Productions Inc. – starting mid-February.
WYCD Detroit Downtown Hoedown Local Band Submission - country music fest, submissions usually accepted starting in February.
Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair – submissions start in February.
Metro Times Blowout Submissions Page – Michigan bands musicians only – submissions usually accepted in February.
Dirt Fest – submissions start in February, deadline in June. Annual event held at Birch Run Expo Center (north of Flint) in early August. Lots of bands, 4 stages, different styles of music.
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